National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women

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Philippine Commission on Women
National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women.jpg
Established January 7, 1975
Head Myrna Tang-Yao
Address 1145 J.P. Laurel St., San Miguel, Manila, 1005 Philippines
Tel. No. (632) 736-7712

The Philippine Commission on Women (formerly National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women) (NCRFW) is an agency under the Office of the President which serves as the machinery for the advancement of women. Established on January 7, 1975 through Presidential Decree No. 663, the NCRFW was mandated to “review, evaluate and recommend measures, including priorities to ensure the full integration of women for economic, social and cultural development at national, regional and international levels, and to ensure further equality between men and women.”

On August 14, 2009, the NCRFW was renamed Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) with the enactment of Republic Act 9710, otherwise known as the Magna Carta of Women (MCW). The MCW expanded PCW’s mandate as the primary policy-making and coordinating body on women and gender equality concerns. As the oversight body on women’s concerns, the PCW shall act as catalyst for gender mainstreaming, authority on women’s concerns, and lead advocate of women’s empowerment, gender equity, and gender equality in the country.

The PCW recently launched the MCW Implementing Rules and Regulations on July 8, 2010, to its partners and stakeholders. It is currently revising its structure and staffing pattern to effectively and efficiently undertake and accomplish its functions as mandated by the MCW.


Program Focus

  • 1975-1986: Organizing and promoting women’s participation in development efforts, and eliminating discriminatory provisions in the laws
  • 1986-1992: Making government work for Gender Equality: A paradigm shift from welfare approaches to gender mainstreaming strategy
  • 1992-1998: Sustaining gender mainstreaming through institutional strengthening and capacity building of government agencies
  • 1998-2001: Continuing commitment to gender mainstreaming, capacity building and women’s empowerment
  • 2001-2010: Focus on 3 priority areas: Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment, Fulfilling and Protecting Women’s Human Rights and Promoting Gender-Responsive Good Governance

Present Programs

  • Conduct of policy studies and gender analysis of priority policy issues;
  • Provision of technical assistance or advisory services to key government agencies and selected local government units to mainstream gender concerns in their policies, plans and programs
  • Development of institutional mechanisms and tools for sustaining and tracking the progress of gender mainstreaming efforts and gender-responsive programs and projects at the national and local levels
  • Development and maintenance of computer-assisted information services and sex-disaggregated database


  • Advise the President in formulating policies and implementing programs on increased contributions by women in national development;
  • Ensure the gender-responsiveness of national development plans and coordinate the preparation, assessment and updating of the National Plan for Women, ensure its implementation and monitor the performance of government agencies in the implementation of the Plan at all levels
  • Undertake continuing advocacy to promote economic, social and political empowerment of women and provide technical assistance in the setting-up and strengthening of mechanisms on gender mainstreaming;

Present Organization and Leadership

Chairperson: Myrna Tang-Yao

Executive Director: Emmeline L. Verzosa

Deputy Executive Director: Lorenza A. Umali

Former Chairpersons:




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